Thursday May 5, 2016, @ 8PM
509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Brooklyn NY
Thomas Buckner & Friends
Perform works by “Blue” Gene Tyranny,
Karen Power, Bun Ching Lam,
Michel Gentile, & Kyle Hovatter
Baritone Thomas Buckner and friends present a concert of new works for voice, instruments, and electronics, and two new instrumental works. Buckner and pianist Joseph Kubera give the New York premiere of “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s newly commissioned work “Solving Scriabin’s Chord”, and Kubera performs Tyranny‘s “The Drifter”, for solo piano. The program includes the World Premiere of “Quack Moo Sigh”, an exciting new work for voice and electronic fixed media by Irish composer Karen Power. Buckner is also joined by Michel Gentile performing on flute, and Adam Cockerham performing on the Renaissance stringed instrument the therobo, for Bun Ching Lam’s new setting of the great Renaissance poet Petrarch’s “Canzoniere CXXVI”. The same trio will perform Michel Gentile’s “Three Haiku”, with Cockerham on guitar. Cockerham will perform a contemporary solo work for therobo: composer Kyle Hovatter’s “Track II”.
Michel Gentile – Three Haiku
Kyle Hovatter – Track II*
Bun Ching Lam – Canzoniere CXXVI*
Karen Power – Quack Moo Sigh*
“Blue” Gene Tyranny – Solving Scriabin’s Chord* and The Drifter
* commissioned especially for this concert
About the Artists:
For more than 40 years, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. He has collaborated with a host of new music composers including Robert Ashley, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff and many others. He has made solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Edinburgh Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Biennale Festival of Venice, presenting a repertoire that includes more than 100 compositions, written for, or dedicated to him. Buckner is featured on over 40 recordings, including six of his own solo albums.
Pianist Joseph Kubera is a leading interpreter of contemporary music. Recent activities include a video of Cage’s Music of Changes for Swiss RSI Television and solo performances at Cage 100th birthday celebrations in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. He has been soloist at such festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Berlin Inventionen and Prague Spring, and has worked closely with such legendary composers as John Cage, Morton Feldman, La Monte Young, and Robert Ashley. Among the composers who have written works for him are Michael Byron, Anthony Coleman, David First, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, and “Blue” Gene Tyranny. He can be heard on the Wergo, Albany, New Albion, New World, Lovely Music, O.O. Discs, Mutable Music, Cold Blue, and Opus One labels.
Flutist and composer Michel Gentile is an active member of the New York jazz scene. He received his Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Holland, Geri Allen, Mick Goodrick, and George Garzone. Michel has appeared on record with Ray Charles, Anthony Braxton, Dave Kikoski, Bobby Previte, Jane Ira Bloom, Michael Formanek, and Adam Rudolph. He has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Fred Hersch, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Joseph Jarman, Yusef Lateef, and many others.
Aficionado of both early music and new music, lutenist and classical guitarist Adam Cockerham is known for his moving solo performances, his nuanced ensemble work, and sensitive accompaniments. As a finalist in the Carmel Society Instrumental Competition, his performance was regarded as being “beautifully and effortlessly executed” by Peninsula Reviews. Cockerham received his Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Secondary Emphasis in Historical Plucked Strings and is continuing his studies at the Juilliard School as a member of acclaimed early music group, J415. Partnering with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah, the two founded Jarring Sounds, a voice and guitar/lute duo in 2011.
“Blue” Gene Tyranny, composer and pianist of avant garde music, has toured extensively in solo and group concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He also played in teenage rock bands and for a gospel church. He has composed over fifty works for electronic, instrumental and vocal ensembles, over thirty film and video soundtracks, and fifty scores for dance and theatre productions. He has performed on many albums and performed with such diverse performer-composers as Robert Ashley, Peter Gordon, Laurie Andersen, John Cage, Leroy Jenkins, David Behrman, Brenda Hutchinson, Jon Gibson, William Duckworth (The Cathedral Band), Phil Perkins, Ben Manley, Carla Bley, Iggy Pop, Lise Vachon and many others.
The music of Bun-Ching Lam has been performed worldwide by such ensembles as the Macao Orchestra, American Composer’s Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, The Vienna Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Albany Symphony. Born in Macao, Lam has recently been appointed the composer-in-residence of the Macao Orchestra. She holds a B.A. degree in Piano Performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. She has been recognized with numerous awards including a Rome Prize, the highest Award at the Shanghai International Composers’ Competition, two NEA grants, fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Chamber Music America, CrossSound Festival, Bang On a Can Festival, Sequitur, Continuum, Ursula Oppens and the Arditti String Quartet. She also served as the Music Alive! Composer-in-Residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Active a conductor, Ms. Lam recently premiered “Macau Cantata” in May of 2015. She was also invited to conduct the Cosmopolitan Orchestra of New York, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Macao Chamber Orchestra in a program of her works including “Saudades de Macau,” commissioned by the Macao Cultural Institute at the 16th Macao International Music Festival. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.
Irish composer Karen Power’s work uses both acoustic instruments and everyday sounds, spaces and soundscapes. Recent projects have been presented as orchestral works, sonic installations, collaborations between sound and dance, image and experimental film, free improvisations and musical happenings. Some exciting recent projects include; Gorging Limpet, which is a collaborative project between sound and experimental film, a commission from UK pianist Andrew Zolinsky – focusing on the subtle individual tuning of pianos, The Arctic Circle Residency, hearSpace (2014) – an exploration into the world of Radio with a new interactive radio art composition, a large-scale commission for Bozzini Quartet, a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Award for 2015/16 residency, Instruments of Ice (2015) for QME + Arctic Ice, once below a double installation + soloists based on Berlin’s underground bunkers and veiled babble (2016)for Ensemble Mosaik + underwater Spree River sounds.
Kyle Hovatter’s works span orchestral, choral, chamber, and electronic genres. Often working closely with local San Francisco Bay Area ensembles, his music has also been championed by players in Italy, Germany, France, Hungary, Romania, Australia, and the throughout the United States. Recent collaborators include sfSound, Susan Nelson, Miguel Bonachea Diaz, Nonsemble, Amy Foote, Jarring Sounds, the International Low Brass Trio, and Nicole Paiement. A collection of his works have been published by Imagine Music Publishing, and recently, his music was featured at the Sonic Bloom Festival and the International Double Reed Society. He serves on the board of the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, is an active musician in San Francisco, a member of the International Orange Chorale, and a student of Dan Becker’s. Mr. Hovatter has a private piano studio and works as the organist and Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco.